From Barbecue to Board Sauce: the Best Bites in Atlanta
While New Orleans owns jambalaya and Alabama names itself the home of "white sauce," Atlanta is a city that thrives as a melting pot, giving residents and visitors a smorgasbord of flavors, ethnic cuisines and our favorite, premium beef. As all eyes look toward the Peach State's largest hub for one of sport's biggest stages, here's our beef-centric recommendations for those looking to add bites to their dining-out playbook!
Few restaurants in the South provide patrons the prized funk of a dry-aged steak. Next to none go to the great lengths like Oak Steakhouse, sourcing dry-aged New York strips and ribeyes from Jersey-based Debragga & Spitler Inc. If you’re looking to get out of the city’s hustle and bustle and enjoy one of the best steaks Atlanta has to offer, take the scenic trip north to Alpharetta; Chef Stuart Osbourne and Oak Steakhouse staff will have you securing your next visit as you pay the bill.
If you’re big into barbecue, you’ve likely heard of the Fox brothers. Not only that, you’ve indulged in their array of insanely delicious smoked and seasoned items. Starting with their Chandler Park location, twins Jonathan and Justin Fox have expanded their Texas-style barbecue empire to multiple locations and a booming catering company, recently named the official barbecue of the Atlanta Falcons. Still looking for that perfect bite before the big game? You may have just found it. Don’t worry if you can’t get some brisket before the game; they have three outposts in Mercedes-Benz stadium—sections 136, 240 and 342, to be exact.
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner (oh, and brunch on the weekends), those craving authentic, Jewish deli classics need to make a pit stop at The General Muir. With a kitchen run by two-time James Beard Foundation semifinalist Todd Ginsberg, the menu is classic, approachable and fresh. Like New York delis of old, the pastrami is cured and smoked in-house, and can be ordered regular or piled high... like that's really a question. If that’s not what you're craving, try the hanger steak, served with their delicious board sauce, or burger stack featuring everyone’s favorite cheese, pickle and onion, served with a side of fries.
Known for his impeccable Certified Angus Beef ® brand steaks, seafood and cocktails, Chef Todd Hogan consistently brings award-winning cuisine that guests have come to expect. With experience running kitchens in fine-dining establishments throughout the Southeast, Hogan's attention to detail carries over to the more casual Branchwater. With an array of approachable American fare, one can enjoy a delicious meal while listening to live music on the patio when the weather is right.
If you've ever found yourself walking through Athens and stumbled across a restaurant that looks more like a European bistro than a college town grub hub, you probably found The National. With a background in Greece and Ecuador, paired with experience working in kitchens abroad, Executive Chef Peter Dale brings flavors and inspiration from his heritage and travels to diners each season. At The National, Chef Peter focuses on Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, available for both lunch and dinner services. If you stop for dinner, be sure to order the hanger steak and your favorite cocktail. You won’t be disappointed!
To no surprise, another Steve Palmer concept (see Oak Steakhouse above) finds itself on our list. Donetto, named after a record-sized bull hailing from Tuscany, celebrates the Italian region with a rotation of house-made pastas, heavy meats, and a robust list of wine, beers and Italian sodas. Did we forget to mention it boasts an Amaro program? Whether you visit during lunch, dinner or brunch, you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy. Our suggestion: bring a date and order the 36-oz. Steak Florentine for two.
Regardless of location, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar provides patrons a consistent steakhouse experience across the nation. Even though it's a chain, the quality of food leaving the kitchens doesn’t waver. Founded on perfectly cooked steaks, generous hospitality and an inviting atmosphere, it’s no surprise that folks find themselves returning when they want a good steak. Not sure which steak to order? You can’t go wrong with the Certified Angus Beef ® brand ribeye: a true example of Angus beef at its best.